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What's news: Will Shari Redstone's merger plan work? Plus: the hard math behind MoviePass, Today might have a Megyn Kelly problem brewing and Lupita Nyong'o covers our new issue. — Ray Rahman
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On the cover: Lupita Nyong’o has an Oscar, beauty mega-deals and, with Black Panther, two Disney franchises. She opens up to Stephen Galloway about her globe-trotting childhood, lingering insecurities and why she went public on Weinstein:
On her Harvey Weinstein op-ed: “I felt uncomfortable in my silence, and I wanted to liberate myself from it and contribute to the discussion,” she says. “That was just what I felt I needed to do, quite viscerally. I couldn’t sleep. I needed to get it out.”
Over several days, she wrote and wrote, alone with her computer, then showed what she had crafted to her mother. “I had to talk to her about it because it was something that we hadn’t talked about. She was really moved and very supportive.”
Addressing colorism in her new children's book Sulwe: “Sulwe is a young Kenyan girl who, though her name means star [in Luo], her skin is the color of midnight. And she’s uncomfortable because she’s the darkest in her family and goes about trying to change that, then she has this adventure that leads her to accept herself.” The book came out of a 2013 speech Nyong’o gave “about my journey to accepting myself and seeing beauty in my complexion.”
A family in exile: "I remember staying at home with the curtains drawn," Nyong'o says of her childhood in Kenya. "And my father [a longtime dissident who was detained] had all these papers he had written, and we were burning them. I was 4."
Black Panther: “Marvel called and said that Ryan [Coogler] was interested in me for a role in Panther, and I talked to him about it, and obviously everything was hush-hush, but he walked me through his initial ideas, and I thought, ‘Wait a minute? This is a Marvel movie?’"
Star Wars return? "I don't know yet," she says of reprising her role as Maz Kanata in Episode IX. "I'll know soon."
President Nyong'o? Not so fast: "I had to share my father with politics for so long," she says, casting doubt on any future political ambitions. "I don’t ever want to be president — let’s just get that out of the way." Full cover story.
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